NBA Betting Odds and Predictions: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers
Tuesday, 3/12/13, 10:00 PM EST, TV:  KGW
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The Portland Trail Blazers are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 meetings with the Memphis Grizzlies
The Portland Trail Blazers are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 meetings with the Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis has won four games in a row, including a 96-85 victory over the New Orleans Hornets as 7.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the posted total of 183.  The Grizzlies have really gotten after it on the defensive end over their last nine games, as they’ve limited foes to an average of 84.7 points in that span.  “Being consistent is probably the biggest thing,” commented Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.  The team is 17-11 overall when playing away from the FedExForum, including a 7-8 mark versus Western Conference foes.  Memphis is 6-0 ATS in its last six road games, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro basketball odds page.

The Grizzlies have begun the 2012-13 NBA season by posting a 42-19 record, which is the best start in franchise history.  Memphis is 9-1 since the All-Star break with its only loss coming on the road to the Miami Heat on March 1, while it has won 13 of 16 games since acquiring Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis in a three-team trade.  Definitely, the squad has held 53 of its 61 opponents to under 100 points this season, which happens to be the higher number than any other team in the league.

Portland has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, which includes a 98-96 setback to the New Orleans Hornets as 3.5-point road favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the posted total of 196.  “We were in position to win a couple of times and we just didn’t come up with a rebound or get a stop,” stated Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts.  The team has won three straight and seven of its last nine meetings with Memphis at the Rose Garden.  Portland is 4-0 ATS in its last four games when following a straight-up loss, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks against the spread Tuesday night.

The Trail Blazers are led on the offensive end by forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who is averaging 20.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, while rookie point guard Damian Lillard continues to impress.  The first-year player out of Weber state leads all rookies in averaging 18.9 points and 6.4 assists per game.

Sports bettors will likely back the Blazers due to their 18-7-1 ATS mark in the last 26 meetings in this series.

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